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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Quarantine rules relaxed as coronavirus cases stay at zero  Listenfacebook
Quarantine rules were relaxed at midnight on Tuesday after no new Covid-19 infections were reported in Hong Kong for a third straight day. That exempts students, teachers and people whose business activities are considered “beneficial to Hong Kong” from the 14-day isolation requirement. But all other travellers from the mainland are still subject to the quarantine order until at least June 7, as Richard Pyne reports:
Head of WHO centre calls quarantine easing a good first step  Listenfacebook
In addition to the relaxation of quarantine restrictions, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday that normal government operations will gradually resume in two phases from Monday. In the first, most civil servants will restart normal work hours and facilities - such as libraries, museums and outdoor sports grounds - will reopen. Lam said the second phase, the complete reopening of the government, will depend on whether Hong Kong sees more coronavirus infections. University of Hong Kong Professor Benjamin Cowling – the director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control - says the relaxation of some quarantine measures is a good first step towards opening the border. He told Mike Weeks he believes infections across the border are very low:
IFC “Sing With You” ends in fixed-penalty fines  Listenfacebook
Police broke up an attempted protest at the IFC mall in Central on Tuesday night, issuing fixed-penalty tickets to several people for flouting social distancing rules prohibiting public gatherings of more than four people. Richard Pyne has the details:
Police say Taikoo Shing protest put shoppers at risk   Listenfacebook
Police public relations chief Kwok Ka-chuen has defended a clearance operation in Cityplaza, in Taikoo Shing on Sunday. He said police had to step in as the demonstrators would have put shoppers at risk from the coronavirus. Timmy Sung reports:
Free market a myth as far as oil prices are concerned: Anna Wu  Listenfacebook
The Competition Commission will have a new chairperson on May 1. The government has announced that barrister Samuel Chan has been appointed to lead the watchdog for the next two years. He'll replace Anna Wu, who's been head of the commission since it was established in June 2012. She joined Janice Wong to give her views on the work of the Competition Commission over the past seven years under her watch:
ESF offers more coronavirus concessions  Listenfacebook
The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is offering a 45 percent discount on school fees for June. This follows the freeze on fees it announced for the next school year because of the coronavirus crisis. The ESF says it's trying to help parents get through these difficult times. It’s also providing financial aid to students in need and allowing deferred fee payments. RTHK’s Violet Wong talked to the foundation’s CEO, Belinda Greer: